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The theme selected for the 2002 inaugural session of the Annual Social Science Campus, is: Developmental Democracy in Africa: Theory and Feasibility. The choice of this theme is borne out by a desire to advance theoretical reflection on the crises of maladjustment and democracy in Africa and, in so doing, explore the feasibility of the revival of a project on developmentalism in Africa within a political framework that is democratic by definition and in practice. This area has been given prominence by the developmental stalemate of the IMF/World Bank structural adjustment years, the continuing difficulties associated with Africa’s mode of integration into African structures and processes globalisation, and the stymieing of democratic potentialities of African peoples. Current discussions around this question in the African academy connect back to the earlier questions posed at independence: What kind of development and what kind of democracy are best suited to Africa ?